The best is yet to come from Mike.
Now that the Toronto Police has established itself as the ensemble to perform his material, I can't wait to hear what's next...hopefully with no boundaries from the Composer.
Published: October 15, 2012 Author: BillLivingstone
Stu...as always you're pithy...but there are even more shades than 50 for Michael. His thoughts are so insightful, and represent such a fresh and knowlegeable take on the game, that it's a great joy for me to be playing music with him again, and thinking hard about what we do. And he makes me laugh.
The restraint he shows in talking about the 2012 WPBC is such a stark contrast to the raving spittle spraying comments on this site after the World's.
And he's right that I would pipe up (hah!) about the Megantic Outlaw. He told Bruce and I about the story of Donald Morrison, the Megantic Outlaw, and the idea was to use that as the libretto (not to get too highfalutin') for the musical piece. So we got together at my place, drank some whisky, and created the first 2 or 3 parts of the medley. Typical of his impatience, Mike pronounced the evening a failure, and stated that this whole thing should have been done by the time we broke up that night.
So the next week at band practice, MG arrived with the rest of Megantic fully composed, written out, and all harmonies and counterpoint in place. Quite remarkable.
And if anyone cares to look at that piece, it will be obvious that Mike had already set in motion a compositional style that he follows to this day.
Pipers: The golden rule when working with a reed is, "You can always take material off the cane, but you cannot put it back." So, remember, when removing the slightest amount of material, blow the reed again.